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Comptroller welcomes new medals for Customs

12 December 2007

Comptroller welcomes new medals for Customs officers

Comptroller of Customs Martyn Dunne says the striking of a new Customs’ medal is due recognition for the work and service of Customs officers and their role in protecting the border and facilitating legitimate trade and travel. The new medals were announced yesterday by Prime Minister Helen Clark and Customs Minister Nanaia Mahuta.

“This medal recognises that the nature and complexity of our role has changed and that our frontline officers are facing more risk than ever before in the execution of their duties,” he said.

Mr Dunne says while the fundamental role of Customs in protecting New Zealand's border has remained steadfast, the operating environment for the organisation overall, and for frontline officers in particular, has become increasingly complex and dangerous.

“Customs protects New Zealand's community by managing risks at the border, and by identifying and intercepting persons, goods and craft that pose a threat. That puts our people at some risk, and while we manage that and are well prepared and trained for it, it is good to have this recognition from those we serve.”

Mr Dunne says the medal would be awarded to officers with 14 years’ service, conduct and contribution as a frontline officer, with clasps to the medal awarded for each subsequent seven years’ service.

The first presentations will be made mid-2008.

ENDS

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